Open Gardens season raises over £30k

Our Open Gardens season blossomed again this summer, raising almost £35,000.

More than 6,000 people attended the various gardens and estates during what has been one of our most varied programmes.

We were delighted that communities rallied round to help their Hospice.

Nowhere was this more evident than in Weobley where the gates of 17 gardens were flung open to the public during a memorable two days in early June which raised over £5,100, with just over £4,000 coming to St Michael’s and the rest towards the maintenance of the fabric at Weobley Parish Church.

‘There was a real buzz about the village that weekend and it was so heartening to know that this was supporting St Michael’s as well as the Parish Church,’ said Wendy Hereford, one of the team which organised the Weobley event.

Communities also turned out in force in Aylestone Hill and Kimbolton.

The support of the Hellens Garden Festival continues to be instrumental in our Open Gardens season with a very generous donation to St Michael’s of £12,000.

The rarely-opened Gatley Park and Rhodds Farm wowed visitors, and the stunning venue of Brinsop Court went down a treat. 

Other highlights included a first trip to Seabournes between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, and return trips to the ever-popular Hergest Croft Gardens, Bryan’s Ground, Homme House, Traherne Close in Lugwardine, and Shobdon Court.